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Gazette opinion: Educating 4-year-olds pays off for Lockwood

Gazette opinion: Educating 4-year-olds pays off for Lockwood

While Gov. Steve Bullock travels the state pitching his plan for making pre-kindergarten available to all 4-year-old Montanans, he should stop in Lockwood to see what a difference pre-K makes for kids.

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Guest opinion: Montana must invest in quality early childhood services

It’s not rocket science: People are the Washington Companies’ competitive advantage. I suspect most successful business owners will tell you the same. Products and services are critical. So are efficiency-enhancing systems and technologies. But the people who are part of the Washington Compa…

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Gazette opinion: Head Start needs local help more than ever

In the summer of 2011, members of Congress and President Barack Obama agreed to a deal was supposed to force compromises on federal spending and revenue policy to avoid across-the-board budget cuts. Republicans and Democrats failed to compromise, so Americans now are seeing cuts even in prog…

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Gazette opinion: Now is time to support Billings' future

Gazette opinion: Now is time to support Billings' future

Two dozen kids’ coats hang neatly in the tiny closet of Shelly Dunbar’s classroom. But there’s no room to hang backpacks, so the packs are stacked on the floor.

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Gillette schools spark long lines for kindergarten

Gillette schools spark long lines for kindergarten

GILLETTE, Wyo. — As the first sunlight of the day began to break over the south end of Gillette, parents hoping to get their children into kindergarten classes at Buffalo Ridge Elementary huddled around the school's front doors.

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Campbell County expects boom in kindergartners

GILLETTE — The Campbell County School District is preparing for what could be a record number of kindergartners next year.

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Classroom iPads boost performance in kindergarten class

Classroom iPads boost performance in kindergarten class

Kindergartner Treven Newman studied the picture and, after a couple of minutes, found all the trapezoids in it, which was a trick. Some were disguised as heads, others as hands and a couple as tiny wall-hangings. 

December 18, 2012 11:45 pm Photos


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Gazette opinion: Slow progress on cutting oversize classes

Last week, The Gazette reported Billings Public Schools fall enrollment of 10,983 students in its elementary district, an increase of 189 over last year.

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First or last, starting school is a big transition

First or last, starting school is a big transition

When Evelyn Gardner shows up for her first day of kindergarten this month, she’ll be the last of the Gardner clan to take that monumental step. 

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SD2 committee discusses growing student-teacher ratios

The Billings School District 2 board, meeting Monday evening as the planning and development committee, discussed the rising student-to-teacher ratio in SD2 elementary schools.

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Surge of kindergartners leaves Wyoming school districts in a bind

CODY, Wyo. — School districts in Park, Big Horn, Sheridan and Washakie counties were among 20 districts across Wyoming to receive a waiver from the state Education Department allowing them to exceed the 16-to-1 student-teacher ratio for next school year.

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Billings Catholic Schools early-education centers to consolidate

Billings Catholic Schools early education centers, with the exception of the William R. Lowe center, will be consolidated to one location in June.

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Gazette opinion: Crowded elementary classrooms call for help

Next week when parents of Billings Public Schools students are scheduled for conferences with their children’s teachers, there’s one question all should ask:

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Catholic schools evaluating day care and preschool programs

The Billings Catholic Schools Board on Tuesday discussed possible directions for the school system’s day care and preschool programs, which have been struggling financially since last year.

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Kindergarten bill dies in Wyoming Senate

CASPER, Wyo. — A bill requiring children to attend kindergarten before they could enter first grade failed a final Senate vote on Tuesday on a 15-15 tie.

February 08, 2011 11:15 pmLoading…
Getting ready for the first day of school

Getting ready for the first day of school

Follow 5 year-old Kaden Dowd on his way to his very first day of school at Poly Drive Elementary on August 25, 2010.

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Gillette district crunched for kindergarten space

GILLETTE, Wyo. — The Campbell County School District expects an incoming kindergarten class of about 835 students this fall, stretching its ability to accommodate the expanding student body.

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